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  • The insignia of a bishop.


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  • In the sixteenth century the deans of Tudela obtained the use of "pontificalia", a favour granted by Julius II to the dean D. Pedro Villalón de Calcena who had been his chamberlain and who held the deanship for twenty-seven years.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner

  • He is one of those writers who finds the exact word for absolutely everything, which gives his prose an oddly poetic effect, full of terms like ‘triforium’ and ‘chasuble’, ‘pontificalia’ and ‘myrmidon’.

    On Silence « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Bishop-elect of Ancona, was named vicarius urbis (1505) he took over the jurisdiction, but the pontificalia or ceremonial rights were given to Franciscus Berthleay, Bishop of Mylopotamos, until the consecration of Accolti.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • There are various classes of Secular Abbots; some have both jurisdiction and the right to use the pontifical insignia; others have only the abbatical dignity without either jurisdiction or the right to pontificalia; while yet another class holds in certain cathedral churches the first dignity and the privilege of precedence in choir and in assemblies, by reason of some suppressed or destroyed conventual church now become the cathedral.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Occasionally there have been two assistants of the vicar, to one of whom were committed all matters of jurisdiction, to the other the pontificalia and ordinations; the latter was known as suffragan of the vicar.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Pope Urban VIII gave to the master general, August Neerius, and his successors, the privileges of purple, crosier-staff, mitre, and pontificalia, together with some other exceptional favours (1630).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Prelates who have the use of the pontificalia and jurisdiction over a certain territory can give it only once a year.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The rights of Abbots to pontificalia are now regulated by the Decree of Pope Alexander VII (S.Cong. of Rites, 27 September, 1659).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • From that time forward its splendour and importance continued to increase under the wise rule of a succession of great abbots, to whom the right of pontificalia was granted by Alexander III in 1179.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • In 1114 the Emperor Henry V took it under his special protection; and the popes on their side were not less solicitous for its welfare; it would seem, however, that the use of pontificalia was not granted to the abbots of Muri until the time of Pop Julius II

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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